Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Short Track Week 12

Find this week's course map below. This is up on the blog clearly way later than it should be. If you haven't already, check out the CU Short Track Facebook page. In the future this is where most info will be and the blog will eventually be phased out.

Remember that today is the annual costume contest! Prizes will be given out all evening for race winners, best costumes within each race, and probably a number of other things we make up on the spot. If you come wearing a creative costume, pull an impressive stunt, etc. there's a good chance you'll come away with something!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Short Track Week 11

Tomorrow is our penultimate race! The weather looks great, with a slightly reduced chance of rain over the last couple weeks, and we have a fun course designed that should again provide a good balance between speed and handling sections.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Week 10 Course Map

Below you will find this week's course map. Only three more races to go this summer!

Wednesday, August 9 will be the last race of summer 2017, and will feature a costume contest. Wear your best costume (cycling themed or otherwise) and you could win a prize! Judging criteria is TBD but if you wear something fun and creative there's a good chance you will come away with some schwag.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 9 Course Map

4 more weeks!

We had a break from the summer weather last week, including a break from the typical dry and dusty loose-over-hard trail surfaces thanks to the short rain shower at the beginning of the evening. This week's weather however looks to be hot and sunny once again.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week 8 Course Map

Only five more races this summer!

This week we return to the usual start/finish area layout along with a forecasted return to some slightly cooler temperatures. There's a chance of rain on Tuesday as well, so maybe the dust will be knocked back a bit.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Short Track Week 7

The start/finish area setup seemed to work well last week so this week's course features a similar setup.

A reminder that we have added a Women's C category to the races. The C race takes the place of the Women's B race at 5:15, and the B race moves to 6:40pm alongside the Women A racers and Singlespeeds.

On that note, it appears many of our singlespeeders have been deciding to race in the Men's B race the last couple weeks, so if that's your jam be prepared to race with them in that time slot instead.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Week 6 Course Map, NEW SCHEDULE

Below you will find this week's course map.

Last week we presented a new race schedule, this week it takes effect. No changes to the draft from last week. This is also now the schedule on the sidebar.

5pm--Kid's race
5:15pm--Women's C and Juniors (Staggered Start)
5:45pm--Men's C
6:10pm--Men's B
6:40pm--Women's A, B, and Singlespeed (Staggered Start)
7:15pm--Men's A

Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 5 Cours Map

First, I'd like to say thank you to everybody who's been coming out to race these first four weeks. The weather has been great and the racing has been tight!

Below you will find this week's course map. The forecast calls for what will probably be the hottest evening yet, so come prepared with plenty of water.

Reviewing attendance and how the races have been playing out over the last few weeks, it has been decided that we should reshuffle the race schedule a bit. Primarily, we will be adding a Women's C race and moving the Women's B race.

Here's a draft schedule, changes in bold:
5pm--Kid's race
5:15pm--Women's C and Juniors (Staggered Start)
5:45pm--Men's C
6:10pm--Men's B
6:40pm--Women's A, B, and Singlespeed (Staggered Start)
7:15pm--Men's A

Please let us know whether you like this schedule or not. Barring any changes, this is how we will run races for weeks 6 through 12.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 4 Course Map

This week, you'll get a reprieve from the climbs, but this course offers up some new challenges. A good start will be crucial in this fast, technical course, and passes will have to be carefully planned.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Week 3 Results

Week 3 results can be found HERE. The link on the sidebar has been updated and now directs you to a page that contains results for each week of racing, including all thirteen events from last summer.

Thank you to everyone who came out and raced! We got extremely lucky with the weather not once but twice yesterday. We once again had a bunch of prizes from Panache, YellowBelly, Skratch Labs, and Green Guru. Boulder Cycle Sport was also at the event providing basic mechanical support, and will be at the event every week.

It looks like we've had some photographers at the event; if you are one, or know one, have them contact us at and we can give them a shoutout on the blog.

Speaking of blogs, aren't they just so 2005? Stay tuned, we are working on a Facebook page.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Weather Update For Week 3

It looks like there are a couple afternoon thunderstorms rolling in over the mountains today that could threaten races if they blow up enough.

It's only 2pm and we have three hours until the kid's race rolls out, so for now just be advised that there is the possibility of delays or even cancellations. Stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook, and of course your weather apps.

We can deal with a little rain, but the biggest thing to watch out for is lightning. If there is a lightning strike within 6 miles of our location we must suspend activities until 30 minutes after the last strike.

Our CU representative uses WeatherBug to track the lightning.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Week 3 Course Map

Here's the week 3 course map!

Now that most of you have your numbers for the season, registration should go faster this week. At this point, you should only have a number in the thousands with a red banner. Don't forget these! You will be charged $10 if your number has to be replaced.

Attendance has been stellar the past couple weeks, so keep it up! With this in mind, though, please try to show up as early as possible for registration. With the crowds we've been getting, even if things go perfectly the lines will likely be a little long at times.

Don't forget, we have prizes each week for the winner of every race! These come courtesy of generous donations from Skratch Labs, Yellowbelly, Panache, and Green Guru.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Short Track Week 2 Results

Find results Here.

Last night offered some incredible racing, and some large fields too. Thanks to everybody who came out! Also thanks to everybody for bearing with us as we sorted out registration; we will work on streamlining the process for next week.

On that note, you should now have a numberplate with a red banner and a number higher than 1000. This is your number for the rest of the season! Do not throw it out, do not lose it! Replacement is $10. Also do not bring your old numberplate (all white, number less than 1000). If you race multiple races and stack your numbers together, make sure that one is not in the stack.

There were several issues with race 1 results. Those have now been corrected.

If you still have questions/comments/concerns, please email Comments on the blog are great, but difficult to respond to directly.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Short Track Week 2 Course Map

This will be tomorrow's course map.

Remember, we will have new numberplates this week. These numbers, with a red banner on top, will be used for the remainder of the season. Please DO NOT race with the old, all-white, numbers.

We have prizes for the winner of each race, so if you win your race please be sure to stop by the tent at the finish line!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Short Track Week 1 Results

Results are up, HERE
This link will also appear in the sidebar.

Thanks everybody who showed up to kick off CU Short Track 2017! The weather was great and the event ran smoothly and on-time.

As you might expect from the first week of the race series there were a couple hiccups, most important of which is that it appears some numbers never got names attached to them. If you raced, please check the results--if you're not there, let us know! We need your name, contest, and bib number to correct the issue.

Next week: we are getting a new batch of numberplates for this season. When you show up at registration we will be assigning the new ones, which will have a RED banner at the top. This is the numberplate you will keep for the rest of the season.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Short Track Week 1 Course Map

The day has arrived! Short Track #1 is here! Below you will find the course map. You see it right, we are not going down Corkscrew but rather the new trail next to it.

As always, registration is cash-only and on-site. Race entry is conveniently an even $20. Show up early--this is the first race and there are waivers to fill out. Look on the right side of the page for all the event details: race times, groups, etc...

This is an independent event, meaning there's nobody but yourself there to tell you what category to race. Please choose appropriately. If you're a strong 4, for example, you should probably race the B race. If it's your first time ever racing on dirt, however, maybe get a feel for things in the C race, then move up a category as you get more comfortable.

It sounds like it's going to be a busy evening at Valmont, so please be mindful of other park users.

See you there!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Short Track Summer 2017

I'm sure everybody is excited to hear that CU Short Track will be kicking off the 2017 season in just a few short weeks!

The first race will kick off at 5pm on Wednesday, May 24 at Valmont Bike Park and proceed every week until August 9 barring any weather events that force us to cancel.

Parking, registration, and the start/finish will once again be located on the southeast corner of the bike park next to the dog park. Electronic timing continues this year with our partnership with RaceRite.